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African-American Leaders Push Voter ID Education

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File photo of NAACP sign. (Photo by Eric Kayne/Getty Images)

File photo of NAACP sign. (Photo by Eric Kayne/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Several leaders within the National Baptist Convention and the NAACP plan a rally in Atlanta to call attention to changes in voter access laws in several states.

Wednesday’s event will take place during National Baptist Convention, which is meeting in Atlanta.

Organizers say that a wave of new voter identification laws amounts to “an unprecedented effort to limit access to the ballot box in states across the country.”

The NAACP has been an outspoken opponent of Voter ID laws like those in Georgia. Proponents say the laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud. Opponents say they disproportionately affect poorer and minority citizens who are less likely to have government-issued photo identification documents.

Federal courts have issued mixed rulings on various versions of the laws. Georgia’s law has been upheld.

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